[NAFEX] a little more on Haskap

John Bunker john.p.bunker at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 10:29:42 EDT 2011

It is my understanding that the honeyberries that many of us planted  
years ago (I planted some 25 years ago or so) were from Russian  
origin.  Mine fruted one or twice and never again.  The current "crop"  
of varieties are from Japanese material.  Hence the Haskap name.   
Supposedly these new selections are better at fruiting than the old  
stuff.  Berry Blue is the preferred variety for a pollen source.  We  
will be offering Berry Blue plus Tundra and Borealis.  We have all  
three on trial now on our farm in Maine.  None have fruited yet but  
are just getting established.
John Bunker
trees at fedcoseeds.com
PO Box 520
Waterville ME 04903

On Aug 23, 2011, at 9:21 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

> I got 25 Crimson Passion from Honeyberry USA, this year, & tho they
> were tiny tissue culture plants 8" high, most of them are a very
> vigorous 3' now after 2 1/2 months in the ground.  I'm assuming the
> Haskaps are tissue culture as well.
> I also have been really annoyed by the Haskap name until I discovered
> that the word is an ancient Ainu word for the fruit, which convinced
> me it was a good choice of name.  Plus without "honeysuckle" in the
> name people's invasive plant alarms won't go off so quickly.
> On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Maria Schumann  
> <mariaschu at vtlink.net> wrote:
>> I got a shipment of haskaps from haskap central last year with 20%
>> dead plants.  The replacements they sent were poorly packed and in  
>> bad
>> shape-- but mostly survived anyway.  They are tough plants.  This  
>> year
>> I bought my haskaps from honeyberry USA (they also sell Uof S
>> cherries)-- around the same price and the plants were better quality.
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